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Enjoy these fun events around NOLA!

By Nola Boomers Staff, Revised May 2019

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Museums and Exhibits

Tuesday Museum Highlights Tour
New Orleans Museum of Art. Take an engaging and informative tour every Tuesday of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Included with museum admission. For more information, call 504.658.4100. 1-2 pm.

Free Wednesdays
New Orleans Botanical Garden. Free admission for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 10 am-5 pm.

Free Wednesdays
New Orleans Museum of Art. Free admission for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 10 am-6 pm.

Wednesdays at the Square Free Concert Series
Lafayette Square Park. Celebrate hump-day by attending a free outdoor concert! Every Wednesday through May 22. 5-8 pm.

Free Thursdays
Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Free admission for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 10 am-5 pm.

Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series
Pavillion of Two Sisters at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. This weekly series showcases some of the finest musicians in New Orleans featuring traditional jazz, rhythm and blues, and an assortment of musical styles. Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water and food are available for purchase. $10/Person. 6-8 pm.

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The weekly entertainment series is held every Thursday night. For more information, call 504.539.9650. 6-8 pm.

Free Sundays
Contemporary Arts Center. Free admission to all Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 11 am-5 pm.

Museum Partner Pass
New Orleans Public Library. The Library has partnered with the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the National WWII Museum, NOMA, Audubon Nature Institute and Longue Vue House & Gardens to provide free admission for library cardholders who check out a Museum Partner Pass. Every library location has a pass for each of the participating museums. For more information, visit


Learning and Resources

Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz Museum. Learn about the entire city of New Orleans and outlying areas in five two-hour lessons taught by local historians. From the first neighborhood to the expansive suburbs, the class will look at the people and areas that make New Orleans a melting pot of culture. $100-$125/Person. Call 504.523.3939 for more information. 6-8 pm. Every Wednesday through June 12.

E-Resources Happy Hour
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Learn about the many electronic resources, including e-books and audiobooks, available through the Library. Bring your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or e-reader with you, along with a valid library card. Available every Sunday, 1-2 pm.

Ranger Talk
French Quarter Visitor Center. Join a ranger Tuesdays through Saturdays in the visitor center courtyard to discover New Orleans’ history and culture. No talk on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when visitor center is closed. 9:30 am.

Wetlands Walk
Barataria Preserve. Every Wednesday through Sunday, join a ranger for a guided walk on a boardwalk trail through wild Louisiana swamp and marsh. Stop by the visitor center or call 504-689-3690 ext. 10 after 9:30 am to find out which trail the day’s walk will explore. No walk on federal holidays when the visitor center is closed. 10 am.

Battle of New Orleans Ranger Talk
Chalmette Battlefield. Daily at 10:45 am and 2:45 pm The visitor center is open and talks are given on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. On all other federal holidays and on Mardi Gras, the visitor center is closed and no talks are given.


Fitness Fun

Senior Walking
Cut-Off Rec Center. A program designed to offer seniors an easy, pleasant, social walking experience to improve their quality of life by encouraging active and healthy lifestyles. Weekdays from 10 am-noon.

Aqua Yoga
Treme Rec Center Pool, 900 N Villere St. A free class that takes traditional yoga poses and incorporates them into the water. This is a beginner class focusing on foundation alignment, breathwork, and balance while embracing the element of water. 9-9:45 am. Continues every Monday through May 2019. 

Tai Chi/Chi Kung
New Orleans Museum of Art. Engage in relaxing Tai Chi exercises in various art galleries at NOMA, including NOMA’s permanent collection. $5/person, free/NOMA members & East Jefferson Wellness Center members. Call 504.456.5000 to register. Every Monday, 6pm.

Bayou St. John Walking Tour
The Pitot House. Stroll through 300 years of history while experiencing the ambiance and beauty of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. Reservations required, call 504.482.0312 for more information. Every Wednesday through June 2019, 1-3 pm.

Free Wednesday Sunrise Yoga at Riverwalk Outlets
500 Port of New Orleans. A community yoga class held year round. Weather permitted, classes are held on the balcony overlooking the Mississippi River. More information available at 6:30-7:30 am.

Nola Happy’s Running Club 
Manning’s. Happy’s is your weekly, fun and relaxed social run through downtown, the French Quarter, the CBD, or the Riverfront. Route specifics are announced on the Happy’s Facebook page. Every Wednesday, 7:15-8 am.

Free Zumba Class
Milne Rec Center. Free classes provided by the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. Instructor Diobelkis is bringing the Latin flava & heat to the dance floor…NOLA style. Kids are welcome. 6-7 pm. Continues every Wednesday.

Tribe Yard Yoga
The Tchoup Yard, 305 Third St. Enjoy 55-minutes of all-levels, pumped up yoga and create a fun-loving community of yogis. The all-levels yoga flow will begin at 6:30 pm. Rental mats are available for $3. Class is $5/person. 6:30-7:30 pm. Every Wednesday.

Thursdays Sunrise Yoga
Shelter 1, Lakeshore Drive.  Join the tribe for a gorgeous 55-minute all-levels, vinyasa-style flow to the sun rising over the Lakefront. For more information, visit Classes are donation based. Rental mats are available for $3. 6:30 am.

Thursday Happy Rides
Join Nola Social ride each week for a free, fun bike ride around town. Confirm the meeting location by visiting 7 pm.

VSNO Sunrise Run
Satsuma Cafe on Maple. An early morning run where the routes are runner, walker and stroller friendly. Every Saturday, 6-7 am.

Yoga in the Sculpture Garden
Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Whether permitting, enjoy an outdoor yoga class amidst beautiful art. $5/person, free/NOMA members & East Jefferson Wellness Center members. Call 504.456.5000 to register. Every Saturday, 8 am. 

Free Zumba Class
The Peristyle in New Orleans City Park. Come ready to dance away stress and have some fun. Wear appropriate workout attire, gym shoes, and bring H2O as you’ll work up a sweat! Class is free and no reservations are needed. 8-8:45 am. Every Saturday through Oct.

Jazz Yoga
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. All levels welcome! This free yoga class features live piano. Saturdays at 10:00 am.

Open Canoeing & Open Fishing
Joe W. Brown Rec Center. Enjoy free canoeing and fishing in the lagoon. All equipment is provided and no former knowledge is necessary; just bring yourself and be ready to have fun! Fishing instruction is offered to those who are new to fishing. Every Saturday, 10 am-noon.

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